Over a week on from the deadly Capitol riots, arrests are being made and charges being brought. Including, it seems, 2 Virginia cops who have been charged for their alleged involvement in the riots...
And it's all thanks to a selfie that has been circulating on social media...
Allegedly showing the pair at the riots, before "bragging" about it on social media.
Here's the full story...
Now, you will all be aware that, last week on January 6th, hundreds of rioters forced their way into the US Capitol...Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters, who were all scorned pro-Trumpers, took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets, from his official account which has now been suspended from all social media platforms...Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:"Go home, we love you, you’re very special."
Photographs and videos of Wednesday's scenes continue to circulate online...Many of which also show the aftermath of the siege.
The videos and images have been quick to go viral on Twitter...And show the extent of the damage that was done within the building.
Now, some of the perpetrators of this horrific crime have already been brought to justice.
Several arrests have already been made, with key suspects being identified via video footage from the scene.
Many weren't too hard to spot, given their choice of riot gear.
From CEOs to retail employees...
There seems to have been a whole array of attendees at the riots.
The FBI is now seeking an "unprecedented" number of suspects following the riots...
And encourages rioters to turn themselves in before agents start knocking on their doors.
Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, held a press conference where he described the Capitol building as a "crime scene."
And said his agents were working with the FBI to find hundreds, if not thousands, more people who will be arrested.
"The scope and scale of this are unprecedented, not only in FBI history but probably DOJ history."
He also stated that more than 170 case files have already been submitted for crimes committed during the riots and that that figure is going to "geometrically increase."
"The range of criminal conduct is really… Unmatched in any type of scenario that we've seen at the FBI or DOJ," he said.
While the FBI has opened more than 160 case files in the six days since pro-Donald Trump rioters breached the US Capitol building, officials have acknowledged that the evidence gathered so far "is just the tip of the iceberg." https://t.co/C1kDSQ7pAr— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2021
"Just the gamut of cases and criminal conduct we're looking at is really mind-blowing."
And among those who have already been arrested are 2 Virginia police officers.
After allegedly taking a selfie during the Capitol riot and then boasting about their actions on Facebook.
Scroll on to see the photo in question...
Thomas Robertson and Jacob Fracker, of the Rocky Mount Police Department, were charged on Wednesday.
The pair are charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
According to reports, they had already been placed on leave after attending the riot and posing in front of a statue of John Stark, a general during the American Revolution.
In a screenshot of a Facebook post that did the rounds on social media, Robertson allegedly wrote: "CNN and the Left are just mad because we actually attacked the government who is the problem and not some random small business.
"The right IN ONE DAY took the f***ing U.S. Capitol. Keep poking us."
However, Sgt Robertson told The Roanoke Times that he and officer Fracker, who were both off-duty, did nothing illegal in Washington on January 6th.
Fracker allegedly wrote in a now-deleted post:
"Lol to anyone who's possibly concerned about the picture of me going around... Sorry I hate freedom? Sorry I fought hard for it and lost friends for it?
"Not like I did anything illegal, WAY too much to lose to go there but, ya'll do what you feel you need to lol.
"I can protest for what I believe in and still support your protest fro [sic] what you believe in. Just saying..after all, I fought for the right to do it…"
For more on the deadly riots, scroll on...